Extinction of UERJ is “culture war” against universities,

Eleven public teaching and research institutions in the state of Rio de Janeiro released last Monday (23) a manifesto in defense of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) in the face of the processing of Bill 4.673/21, authored by by deputy Anderson Moraes (PSL-RJ), who proposes the extinction of Uerj and the transfer of its assets and students to the private sector.

The document highlights the importance of UERJ, mainly, as a precursor of the quota system in universities in the country. The institution’s affirmative policy turns 18 in 2021.

“Uerj occupies a prominent place in the education of young people and in national scientific production, having pioneered the introduction of the quota system among Brazilian universities, which contributed to the acceleration of the process of inclusion in the university environment”, points out the manifesto .

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The letter also reminds that Brazil is going through a time of successive attacks on science and research and that the academic community must be united to defend educational institutions.

“The proposal comes in the context of a cultural war against Universities and Science, constituting an attack not only on UERJ, but on the entire academic and scientific community of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which is mobilized to defend the University public, free, socially referenced and of excellence”, states the document.

The publication in the Official Gazette of PL that proposes the extinction of UERJ occurred last Thursday (19). The project is dated May.

According to the Brazil Agency, the president of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj), André Ceciliano (PT), confirmed that the document is in the House’s system, but guaranteed that the chance of being put to a vote, during his term, is nil. “As long as I am president, this is a debate that we are not going to face,” said Ceciliano.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Jaqueline Deister

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